You’re on a mission to buy resin. You’ve got a project in your head, and resin is what you need to bring it to life.
Seems simple enough, right? Like pick a resin and magic happens.
Except you’re a beginner buying your first resin. And there are so many options it feels overwhelming. And intimidating. You don’t have a lot of money set aside for this project, and you don’t want to screw it up.
Choosing a resin seems like it should be the easiest part of your project. But it’s become the hardest part. And you don’t know where to begin.
Or even worse–
You’ve already tried making things with epoxy only to find your project cured sticky, soft, or flexible. You might have a finish with surface holes and pits. Or, worst of all, you have a project full of resin bubbles.
I’ve been there.
I remember when I started creating with resin and would randomly pick one and hoped it would work. Sometimes it did, but sometimes it didn’t. Even more frustrating to me was that I had no idea why.
Before you continue, this is your red pill blue pill moment.
If you’re happy to continue the ‘trial and error’ of making messes, then the blue pill is what you need.
But if you really want to understand resin, then you’ll want to take the red pill.
Ready for your red pill moment?
There is no one size fits all resin.
What may work for one project can produce disastrous results in the next.
So why do some companies tell you their epoxy works for every project?
Because that’s what is easiest for them. They sell you epoxy, then blame it on you when it doesn’t work for what you want to make.
How do we do that?
The simplest way is with our resin quiz. Answer two questions about how you’re using resin, and it tells you which Resin Obsession formula you need.
You can take the quiz here:
Which epoxy should you use?
Learn which epoxy resin is the best one for YOUR project.
By the way, if those terms sound like something from high school foreign language class, this resin dictionary explains what they mean.
If you’ve got the answers you need, you’re ready to buy epoxy.
But for resin nerds, this next part is for you.
There is a little method to the madness when it comes to choosing a specific formula for your project.
And 90% of the battle is won when you answer this question:
Are you filling a space or coating a surface?
(The first question from the quiz above.)
Uh, say what? Like, I’ve never heard anyone else talk about that.
Yeah, I get it. No one told me about it either, and it was only after I made a few BIG messes that I realized the difference and why it’s important.
Casting resins mix in a thin viscosity.
That makes them idea for filling molds and spaces in wood river tables. They release bubbles easily and cure hard. But, they don’t coat surfaces well, meaning if you use them on a painting or tumbler, you’ll get holes and fish eyes.
Doming resins mix thicker.
They self-level on surfaces like paintings, tumblers, jewelry blanks, tiles, countertops, and more. Because they mix thick, they hang onto bubbles which is why you should pour them in layers no more than 1/8 inch deep.
The other big point to takeaway here is that resins are either meant for casting OR doming, but not both. Said another way — an epoxy resin is one type or the other.
Now that you know there is a difference between formulas, choose the specific type.
From there, select your specific kind based upon the nuances of what you need for YOUR project. Some of the things you need to consider are
*minimum and maximum mixing amounts
*working time (also known as pot time)
We’ve got all that information for you in our buying guide.
Here are some other things that you should know to ensure you have success:
1. Resin doesn’t last forever. Once you open it, you should use it within 30 days. Otherwise, it starts yellowing. Unopened epoxy is stable for a year or longer.
2. Your work area needs to be warm, so you don’t have curing issues. Here’s some advice on what temperature you should be mixing your epoxy.
3. Exact measuring and proper mixing are essential to success. Here’s the best way how to mix resin.
4. Each resin kit has its own SPECIFIC directions. Follow them carefully.
5. Dispose of mixed and unmixed liquids properly. Here’s how to dispose of epoxy.
Want some live training? Pull up a chair and get ready to take some notes.
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